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Jackson a likely fourth in crime-curbing urban mayor alliance

Jackson a likely fourth in crime-curbing urban mayor alliance

TRENTON - Violent criminals beware: New Jersey’s urban mayoral alliance against crime just got a little bigger.

According to Mayor Eric Jackson, Trenton may soon be joining the ranks of three other cities whose leaders pledged today to work towards lowering the violent crime rates in their respective jurisdictions. As of several hours ago, that team consisted of Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

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CD 12 race: Watson Coleman campaign strategist: any Trenton power base invasion will be Greenstein's Waterloo

CD 12 race: Watson Coleman campaign strategist: any Trenton power base invasion will be Greenstein's Waterloo

TRENTON - James Gee, a longtime Trenton political player, is now embroiled in two soon-to-be concluded political battles that will shape city politics for years to come. 

In the June 3 Democratic primary in the Twelfth Congressional District, Trenton voters will close between state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), who lives in neighboring Ewing, state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) and state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17). The CD 12 struggle will arguably be the most closely-watched Congressional primary in New Jersey. 

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CD12 Democratic Primary: Any unnecessary attack would reveal weakness

CD12 Democratic Primary: Any unnecessary attack would reveal weakness

They came to the race with no apparent history of acrimony and for the most part it stayed civil – this excruciatingly competitive CD12 Democratic Primary where the prime veteran combatants encountered new challenges, not in each other so much but in the unique dimensions of a federal primary contest that tested them beyond their prior political lives.

Battle-tested, arguably the most battle-tested politician in New Jersey, state Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) came into the CD12 contest on the back end of yet another tough re-election contest, this one against former Senator Pete Inverso, who threatened but was finally floored by Greenstein.

A former party chair and daughter of a political family with no record of ever turning the state in political junkie fascination toward her elections in the 15th District, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) gave no indication of raw, brutal campaign experience.

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Four weeks, three elections: the Trenton voter fatigue factor

Four weeks, three elections: the Trenton voter fatigue factor

TRENTON - A ride north up Route 29 into downtown Trenton leads to an inevitable drive under the city's famous bridge with the iconic "Trenton makes, the world takes" sign. The sign of the times in Trenton politics is that what the city makes best these days is elections. 

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Trenton mayor's race: Jackson holding press conference tomorrow with prominent Mercer Dems

Trenton mayoral candidate Eric Jackson will hold a press conference with several prominent Mercer County Democrats in attendance on Wednesday at 2 p.m. on the steps of the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse in Trenton. 

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Trenton mayor's race: Source: Jackson, Perez, meet with Golden, seeking endorsement

Trenton mayor's race: Source: Jackson, Perez, meet with Golden, seeking endorsement

TRENTON - Former Trenton Police Director Jim Golden may not have made the June mayoral race runoff, but in the aftermath of his defeat in Trenton's May municipal election, Golden might wind up playing the role of kingmaker for the city's next mayor, according to a source.

A Mercer County Democratic political operative close to Golden told PolitickerNJ.com on Tuesday that Golden has either met with, or is scheduled to meet with, the two candidates who made the June 10 runoff, Eric Jackson and Paul Perez, to discuss his endorsement.

The source stated that Golden met with Perez on Monday night, and is meeting with Jackson on Tuesday morning. 

"There has been a frenzied effort to get Jim Golden on board for both Eric Jackson and Paul Perez," the source said. "They've been working [Golden] and working the phones." 

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What do you get when a City Hall scandal rocks the capital city in New Jersey? Low voter turnout

(State House) -- Trenton is one of several large New Jersey municipalites with "non-partisan" elections for Mayor today.  Here's a little tutorial about this race and what you might expect once the ballots are counted later this evening.

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The cross-circuits of Democratic Party politics: past and future converge on tomorrow

The cross-circuits of Democratic Party politics: past and future converge on tomorrow
Paterson mayoral candidate Andre Sayegh and his wife and daughter attend a local church service on Sunday.

In this cycle, nursing confusions and mangled alliances from 2013 and intent on reformulating and hardening battle lines leading up to 2017, the statewide Democratic Party warred with itself locally, its internal divisions enhanced by overwhelming outside spending.  

The theaters all fit together – Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, Bayonne - and at the center stood Newark, in many ways the torque point for everything else.

Undiscovered territory undergirds these contests, specifically the amount of spending by independent expenditure groups: so far a total of $2.7 million in the cities – most of it ($2.6 million to date) in Newark; and the bulk of the Newark IE spending ($1.7 million) lined up in favor of establishment Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The most independent spending locally prior to this year was $251,000 by Better Education for Our Kids (B4K) in the 2013 Jersey City mayor’s race.

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Trenton mayor's race: AFSCME union locals endorse Golden and his slate

Trenton mayor's race: AFSCME union locals endorse Golden and his slate

TRENTON - Nine local union chapters of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) endorsed Trenton mayoral candidate Jim Golden and his Trenton Forward council slate on Wednesday. 

Golden and Trenton Forward team members Rafael Valentin and Andrew Kennedy, both of whom are running for council-at-large seats, were endorsed by AFSCME local union chapters 2646, 3974, 3974A, 3596, 1911, 3441, 2278, 3304E and 3869, according to a written statement issued by the Golden campaign. 

According to their website, AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members nationwide. AFSCME has approximately 3,400 local unions and 58 councils and affiliates in 46 states.

“We are honored to receive the endorsement of a coalition of AFSCME local unions.” Golden said in a written statement. “This endorsement represents the strength of the Trenton Forward movement, and our ability to bring together stakeholders from across the region.” 

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Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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